AUSTIN, Texas -- For the first time in Texas history, more Hispanic students than white ones took the SAT last school year.
The Texas Education Agency announced Thursday that in 2012-2013, participation in the college entrance exam by students statewide increased 0.2 percent from the previous year.
Texas Class of 2103 SAT takers represented 56 percent of high school graduates. Of those, 62 percent identified themselves as minorities.
Some 59,294 Hispanic students took the test in public schools, nearly 1,000 more than whites.
Texas' mean math scores remained unchanged from the previous year at 496. The mean writing score stayed at 456.
Students posted a one-point increase in critical reading, from 470 the previous year to 471.
State scores have been largely flat in recent years but have remained below the national average.